Magayon Festival is an annual festival in May that relives the legend of Mayon Volcano. The festival derived its name from magayon, from a Bicolano term which means “beautiful.” This celebration is held in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria, Daraga's patron saint. This legendary, historical and religious celebration aims to showcase the cultural life of the people of Daraga, Albay.
Legend of Mount Mayon
The Legend of Mount Mayon that has been the center of the celebration of the Magayon Festival is about the tragic love story of Daragang Magayon, who is considered as the most beautiful damsel at her time in the Kabikolan and a tagalog warrior named Panganoron. Their tragic love affair was believed to caused the mounting of the Mayon Volcano. The death of Daragang Magayon bring about the Mount Mayon and the clouds and the rains that often visits it is believed to be the spirit of her lover Panganoron. The rocks, the scary sounds and the earthquake believed to be the spirit of the envious and selfish suitor of Daragang Magayon, Paratuga.
The name of the municipality as well as the name of the mountain came from the name of the lead character of the legend, Daragang Magayon. Mayon was from the Magayon, which means beautiful and Daraga, which is the name of the municipality came from Dagarang.
The celebration features cultural events, sports, and trade fairs. It is one way of enriching the culture of the people as well as giving venue to promote their products of Albay. The main focus of the celebration is the reenactment of the tragic love story of Daragang Magayon and Panganoron whose death gave birth to the Mayon Volcano.
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